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Richland fire truck engine starts I-82 brush fire, halts traffic

A man was driving a brand new Richland Fire department truck from Hermiston when the engine exploded underneath, catching the nearby brush on fire.

One man is lucky to be unharmed after the engine of the fire truck he was in blew out underneath, setting the nearby brush ablaze.

According to Benton County Fire District #1 officials, the fire began just before five o’clock Monday afternoon on Interstate 82, about three miles south of Kennewick.

The man was driving a brand new Richland Fire department truck from Hermiston when the engine exploded.

Flames from the engine caught the nearby grass and quickly spread along the road and into the median.

It took crews about an hour to put out the flames.

Fire officials estimate the fire burned 15 plus acres.

The Washington State Patrol had to shut down traffic in all I-82 lanes.

Benton county fire districts #1, #2 and #4 all responded to the scene.

Richland Fire Department officials say the truck was $215,000.

No one was hurt in the incident.

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